Noah Song Greenville Drive Pitcher

Age: 26
Born: May 28, 1997
Birthplace: Claremont, CA
Height: 6-4
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 4th round, 2019 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Navy
High School: Claremont (CA)

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First Pro Contract: July 6, 2019 (BOS)
Signing Scout: Reed Gragnani
Signing Bonus: $100,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2028
Pro Debut: July 25, 2019 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: @NSong91
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  Scouting Report & Links      
  Physical Description: Tall, athletic frame with some projection, especially in his upper body. Looks the part.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot from the first base side. Does not use a wind-up and utilizes a medium leg kick. Short arm action. Arm will drag behind delivery at times. Some effort in delivery, and is currently working to repeat it and find a consistent release point. Has some deception due to the crossfire action in his delivery.

Fastball: 89-92 mph. Tops out at 93 mph. Command and control are works in progress. Still working to regain feel for the pitch and find a consistent release point. Constantly misses up and to the arm side. Will show cut on occasion when he misses glove-side. Has shown he can reach back for the higher end of the velocity band when needed. Unclear if he can regain his pre-service velocity, but we will have a better idea of where he stands after he has a baseball-focused offseason. Potential below-average offering.

Slider: 80-84 mph. Pitch with which he is most comfortable right now. Has solid feel and is able to land it in the strike zone or down and out when ahead in the count. Will add and subtract velocity and vary shape. When thrown slower, it tends to look more like a sweeper with long, horizontal break. At higher velocities, pitch is shorter with more vertical break. Potential average offering.

Changeup: 80-83 mph. Good arm speed. Will flash vertical drop, but is still working to regain feel. Rarely thrown in outings scouted since his return. Potential below-average offering.

Curveball: 72-74 mph. 12-to-6 offering with long, vertical break. Decent feel for spin, but primarily used early in counts to steal a strike. Potential fringe-average offering.

Pre-Military Service Scouting Report: Prior to three-year absence, showed the potential to develop into a number three or four starter and was one of the system’s top pitching prospects but for the uncertainty regarding his service commitment, which bore out to a large degree. Showed strong pitchability, already possessing the makings of a four-pitch mix with three showing above-average potential. Fastball sat 93-96 mph. Topped out at 99 mph. Strong command profile. Threw a lot of quality strikes. Showed the ability to spot both arm-side and up in the zone. Pitch showed life and jumped on hitters with the ability to miss bats. Potential plus-to-better offering. Slider sat 84-86 mph with 10-to-4 shape. Showed bite and bat-missing potential when he got over it, but did not do so consistently, sometimes getting on the side of it and leaving it flat and up in the zone. Potential above-average offering. Changeup sat 83-85 mph, thrown with deceptive arm speed. Could pull the string with late fade at its best, but was inconsistent at times as his feel came and went. Threw a fringe-average, show-me changeup in college, but pitch was already vastly improved. Potential above-average offering. Curveball was a 74-78 mph work in progress with long, 11-to-5 shape. Was more of a spinner, but had the potential to continue to improve. Fringe-average offering.
  Career Notes: Was regarded as a potential late-first/early-second-round talent if not for his service requirement as a pending graduate of the Naval Academy. Red Sox drafted him anyway and signed him to a well-below-slot bonus. Following his graduation and being commissioned as an officer, played for Lowell while on temporary assignment duty. Impressed in Lowell, looking like a potential steal if he could gain a waiver from his military commitment. Returned to the Naval Academy for a month before pitching in relief for Team USA during the 2019 Premier12 Tournament, where he was considered by some to be the most impressive pitcher on a talented, generally much older squad. Submitted a waiver request to transfer his service commitment to the Navy Reserve in October 2019, but the Chief Naval Officer at the Academy did not endorse his request because Song had graduated during a short window during which the Department of Defense had ended its program allowing graduates of the service academies to delay or alter their service commitments in order to pursue careers in professional sports. After several months in limbo (perhaps due in part to the application being made during a period of numerous unrelated leadership changes and incidents at the Departments of Defense and the Navy), Song altered his request in April 2020 and requested to begin flight school, and was ordered to report to flight school in June 2020. Song graduated from flight school at the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade and received his wings as a Naval Flight Officer on April 28, 2022, after which he submitted another service waiver request. Was selected in the December 2022 Rule 5 Draft by Philadelphia while his waiver request was pending before the Secretary of the Navy, during which time he had begun a new training block at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, and was placed on the military list pending a decision on his waiver. Finally received a waiver to transfer to reserve duty in February 2023 and reported to camp with Philadelphia. After immediately throwing from a mound after reporting, suffered a back strain shortly thereafter and spent three months on the 60-day injured list before beginning a rehab assignment the last week of June. Made eight rehab appearances between High-A and Triple-A before the Phillies, in playoff contention, sent Song back to the Red Sox on August 4, after which he was assigned to Greenville and stretched back out as a starter.

Summation: Hard player to evaluate because of the significant difference between what he is right now and what he showed prior to his military service. We will have a better idea of where he stands after the 2023-24 offseason, during which he can focus on baseball and better prepare for the season after getting a late start due to the timing of his waiver in February 2023. With the stuff he currently possesses, he looks like a minor league depth arm, but the priority is getting him innings and reacclimated to being a professional baseball player, so that projection is very fluid and could change when we see what his stuff looks like next year. Outstanding makeup, strong work ethic. Type of person every organization strives to have.

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Scouting Report Update (8.12.2020)
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2016 Navy NCAA Coll --- 19 9 3 0.750 2.75 17 13 0 75.0 49 26 23 3 23 57 0.96 2.48 6.81
  2017 Navy NCAA Coll --- 20 6 4 0.600 3.67 13 13 0 76.0 69 34 31 3 26 89 1.25 3.42 10.54
  2018 Navy NCAA Coll --- 21 6 5 0.545 1.92 14 14 0 89.0 55 26 19 3 41 121 1.08 2.95 12.24
2019 Navy NCAA Coll --- 22 11 1 0.917 1.44 14 14 0 94.0 55 15 15 2 31 161 0.92 5.19 15.41
2019 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 22 0 0 --- 1.06 7 7 0 17.0 10 2 2 0 5 19 0.88 3.80 10.06
2019 Team USA P12 Int'l --- 22 0 0 ---  0.00 5 0 0 5.1 1 0 0 0 2 6 0.56 3.00 10.13
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 DNP-Military List --- --- Bos 24 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2022 DNP-Military List ---  --- Bos 25 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2023 Clearwater Threshers FSL A Phi 26 0 0 --- 1.93 4 0 0 4.2 4 1 1 0 5 7 1.93 1.40 13.50
  2023 Reading Fightin Phils East AA Phi 26 0 0 --- 6.00 2 0 0 3.0 3 2 2 0 2 4 6.00 2.00 12.00
  2023 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs IL AAA Phi 26 1 0 1.000 16.20 2 0 0 3.1 5 6 6 1 4 5 16.20 1.25 13.50
  2023 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 26     stats                            
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  Awards Awards  
  2019 NCAA Golden Spikes Award Finalist
2019 NCAA First-Team All-American

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